Sunday, May 29, 2011

Digital Scrapbooking Challenges

Hello all,
I have recently been dabbling more than a little bit in the digital world of scrapbooking.  Of course, it all started with my own scrapbook pages.  I started scrapbooking digitally a few years ago.  At that time, I was still a Creative Memories Consultant and used their software and kits exclusively.  They had a ton of stuff that I loved They had pre-designed pages that made completely pages super easy.  They had "Power Palettes" that combined lots of papers and embellishments in the same color group to change things up and additions that coordinated as well.  They even had a contract with Disney, so I got official Disney pages and embellishments, too!
Then . . . I ran into a friend of mine one day who mentioned how many websites she visited daily downloading free kits.  She joked about how it was like an obsession.  I laughed.  I thought that was silly.  She mentioned how she ran out of space on her computer since she downloaded so many kits (most of them free).
She started sending me the links to these digital freebies, so I would check them out.  WOW!  My world has been turned around.  Now, I can see what she meant by it is an obsession.  When you are faced with all these cool freebies that designers have put out there, it is really hard to NOT download them ALL!  Sometimes, over 100 come out in a day!  I have downloaded so many kits, I am not sure what to do with them all.  I am getting better at deciding what I will use and what I will not.  I find that I download almost any kit that is Zoo, or Disney and I have designers that I love.

There is a website that every other month does a huge "Blog Train" where over 100 designers put together mini kits of the same theme and colors.  You then jump from one blog to the next collecting all these bits that coordinate together.  June will be their next train.  To collect the freebies, visit the websites and make sure to leave a comment from each designer that you download from to thank them for their work:

A website that I have mentioned before is Design House Digital.  They have weekly freebies, discounted kits, challenges, forums and more.  If you participate in the challenges, you could win gift certificates to their store.  I try to do at least a few of their challenges each month.

One of my favorite designers is Britt of Britt-ish Designs.  She is a big Disney fan and many of her kits are reminiscent of Disney.  Of course, it would illegal for her to actually make Disney stuff to sell, which is why what she put together is so cool.  If there is something in Disneyland, or a character that you love, you probably has a kit for it.  I am currently eying her Space Ranger kit, Galactic Alliance kit, and Never Grow Up.

One thing that is important before downloading all these kits is to make sure that you have something that will open them.  Many digi-scrappers use Adobe Photoshop, but I use Creative Memories Storybook Creator 3 Plus.  Both of these programs will set you back a few bones, but they are great at what they are for, and when you can download the content for free, it makes digital scrapbooking more affordable than it's traditional cousin.  The best part about digital versus traditional - once I have the kit, I can re-use the items over and over and when I want to print, I can print multiple copies of the same thing with no extra work.  I can also share them with friends and family easily.

It's a new world out there to preserve your memories - now how are you going to do it?

Friday, May 27, 2011

Memorial Weekend

Hello All,
Memorial Weekend is here.  The official kick-off of summer.  Well, my kids are finally out of school for the summer.  How about yours?  We have had one week of 4 munchkins trying NOT to get under each other's skin.  So far, mostly so good.  Of course, it doesn't help that after finally getting over the cold that I got around Mother's Day, my 1 yo has re-given it to me!  :(  I just hate summer colds!  I am coughing and have a runny nose.  Yuck!  Other than that, though, I am able to be up and around and get some stuff done. 
Now that the kids are out of school, I hope to get more done (I know - hahaha!)  I am currently working on a project of Altering Books.  I can't wait to share it with you.
I am also working on a blog post about getting melted crayon out of clothes (hmmm?  The downside to letting an 8 yo do laundry.  Although, I guess that it was bound to happen with 4 kids)
Do you have any BBQ plans for this weekend?  We did have some plans, although with this cold, now I am wondering. 
Have a great Memorial Weekend.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy iNSD Day & Happy early Mother's Day

Boy, Have I been a BAD blogger!
My life has been so crazy that I haven't posted anything in over a month!  How did that happen?  I was so busy with birthday parties, Easter, Teacher Appreciation Week, helping my son with Science Fair and then State report, planning a banquet, attending a million field trips with each of my kids, putting together classroom memory albums, creating end of year teacher presents, gathering my stuff to sell at a kids consigment sale, rearranging my girls' room, and more!  Wow!  It makes me tired just typing that.
Well, I plan on at least stopping in to at least give you a few of my favorite things.
Right now - my favorite thing is iNSD - or (inter) National Scrapbook Day.  I have gotten really immersed into the digital scrapbooking world.  My favorite place to "hang out" is doing a FREE Blog Hop (where you hop from one blog to another. picking coordinating goodies), cricut giveaway and more.
I have been participating in monthly challenges, creating pages and earning free product.  They are called Design House Digital.

Here is a page that I just did there:
I did it on my Father's Birthday.  We lost him last Jan and I wanted to do something to celebrate his birthday.  I probably should have played poker!  :)

This one satisfied 2 of their challenges:  Journaling (to use word strips) and the Scraplift Challenge (to "lift" someone else's page layout and make it your own)

Here are also the latest Project 365 that I did.  I love the colors and butterflies from this kit that I got from DHD. 

If you ever thought about digital scrapping, now is the time to jump in.  Most designers are having a sale this weekend for iNSD, so you can pick up a ton of freebies and inexpensive kits.  I am trying hard to not spend a mint!  :D

So, I hope all you mommies have a nice day and you scrapbookers have a productive iNSD and those that are both . . .ENJOY!